Last Friday, my school’s art teacher was absent. She called for a sub who came in, but then that sub got put into a classroom because other teachers were absent too, and they didn’t have subs who showed. What a disaster, you think? This is like a daily thing at my school.

Anyway, instead of cancelling art, I decided to go for it on my own. My students really love watercolors and have gotten pretty good and the whole water/paint ratio so I gave them some watercolors exploration time. I didn’t give them any direction on what to paint and they actually came up with some neat stuff themselves including landscapes of rivers and trees, self portraits, and fun shapes. Take a look a some of our little brains at work!

A watercolors photo adventure:

{new haven} dashi

December 13, 2017

Just this past weekend, I was having a craving for ramen. There is a ramen place in New Haven that we usually go to when I am experiencing this craving, however I wanted to try something new this time around. We googled ramen places and this new restaurant called Dashi came up. This place is actually more known for their Shabu Shabu, but there were some good reviews about their ramen. We decided to give their pork ramen with miso based soup a try as well as the Japanese curry with katsu. Both were delicious!! I was so happy we decided to try this place out. Maybe next time we will give the Shabu shabu a try!


Tasted better than it looks.

{stanford} rodin @ the cantor

December 12, 2017

Located right next door to the Anderson Collection at Stanford is Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center. This dramatic building is curated more like a traditional museum. While the Cantor is quite large, I really hadn’t planned on staying in this museum that long because my entire plan was just to see the Rodin exhibit. I just love Rodin and remember going to the Rodin museum in Philadelphia as well as in Paris. This exhibit at the Cantor was just stuffed with Rodin creations as well as other pieces that contrasted it or were of a similar nature.

Oddly enough, even though I’ve been to so many Rodin exhibits and museums, this was the first time that I actually saw his most famous Thinker! That’s because the one in Paris was being fixed up and therefore covered when I was there! Being such a big Rodin fan, I was glad I finally got to see his most famous piece!

A Rodin photo adventure:

I had been hearing that the Anderson Collection at Stanford University is quite a nice place to visit to see some great art. Essentially the private collection of single family, it’s just incredible how much art these people had acquired, but even more incredible that we all get to see it for free! From what I understand, most of the collection stays in storage and they switch out what’s on display regularly. Of course, there are also some periodic special exhibits as well. This type of collection is always interesting to see because it’s not always based on a single artist or themed as strictly as at a museum. It’s also a place where art history students at Stanford get to have their write-ups about certain pieces be on display. Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces there. My favorite was of the old man face in the water because it reminded me of another amazing piece on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

A Standford photo adventure: